One of the most favorite singers especially of the youth, Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy being the real name of the musical sensation XXXtentacion, was born in Florida. The artist had started his journey in the music industry through Soundcloud which is a platform for all the people interested in spreading their love for music. Having a great and huge number of fanbase, the artist was able to rise above all the bounds in his past life and touched the hearts of millions of youth. One of the most unfortunate and sad part about the artist was his death when he was shot by a group of four people in a robbery which left his fans disheartened and in shock. The twenty years old artist had left the world, but his songs always lingered all around making his musical journey successful even after his death. Making his debut in the huge English musical industry was the song “LOOK AT ME” which was at first regarded popular in an average rate but secured a great appreciation later when this song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. SKINS, the album released in the year 2018, was the third studio album by the artist. The rapper and the songwriter’s last album before death, SKINS has received a large popularity and love. The most popular track of the album was “BAD” which was his fifth posthumous single and his third posthumous single to go to platinum. The album’s first release was in the artist’s Instagram profile where he sang first line of the song. The music video became extremely popular with time when it reached over more than 30 million views. The late artist had taken out many anime- styled video clips along with the song and it got many votes and much love from the fans all over the world. The album was made in collaboration with American rapper Kanye West who later also released some snippets from X’s album that had also made many more fans. Taking from the song videos to just the tunes and the lyrics, the album was at the top of the US Billboard 200. It was unfortunate and ill-fated that after 3 months from the release of the album, the artist was shot dead.
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The thirty-four-year-old Belgian musician Paul Van Haver, professionally known as Stromae, released his second studio album “Racine carrée” in August 2013. This French language electropop album explores a wide range of themes that include relationship issues, racism, sexism, isolation from social network, AIDS, cigarettes and lung cancer. In this album that was reportedly recorded in an attic, Stromae tried to incorporate some African and Caribbean music elements on top of his usual 1990s inspired dance beats. The album has a total of thirteen tracks with an approximate overall time length of forty-three minutes. The album mostly received positive reviews from the music critics, especially for the thoughtful lyrics. Allmusic rated the album 4 out of 5 stars and praised his songwriting skills saying “Racine Carrée will be remembered as Stromae's breakthrough album and a major validation of his considerable songwriting talents.” The same article further added, “The Belgian-Rwandan young prodigy is at heart much closer to a singer/songwriter than to an EDM producer and DJ, which turns Racine Carrée into a very unusual kind of dancefloor filler. After all, how many albums designed for clubs feature songs that deal with subjects such as absent fathers, cigarettes and cancer, AIDS, racism, sexism, or social isolation created by the Internet?” It is very unusual to see some serious topics in a regular electropop album, but Stromae could incorporate these into his music successfully. Music Story, NU.nl and Metro newspapers all rated the album 4 out of 5 stars. The album received commercial success all across Europe, Canada and the United States. It peaked at number one on many music charts, including the US World Albums (Billboard), Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) and Italian Albums (FIMI) charts. It also reached the tenth position on Canadian Albums (Billboard) album. The use of serious themes in disco-oriented electropop music mixed with African and Caribbean rhythms makes this album very unique, something that was not experienced by the listeners before.
Honestly speaking there are only few bands in entire universe who actually works on adopting new approaches in their music and Linkin Park is one of them and that’s the reason why I really admire this band. So, talking about new approach Linkin Park is never afraid of experimenting with new things that’s why this album sound little different from the previous few albums. For this album Linkin Park had worked atlest for a year with legend Rick Rubin, the reason why they worked with him was simple they wanted to bring a new element in their music, in an interview Mike Shinoda himself said that he wanted to bring something new and different from his previous album and as I mentioned this attitude of Linkin park is the reason that makes them stand out of crowd. Recommendation being a Linkin Park fan I can assure you that this album is not going to disappoint you in anyway.
Starting to sing from 15 years of age on the stage for the first time, Avril Ramona Lavigne is one of the most loved Canadian pop singers and songwriters that has given some all-time favorite songs to the music industry and made herself to one of the most listened to artists of the 20th century. After her last release of a studio album in the year 2013, she made a come fiery comeback from her recent al bum released in the year 2019. The album titled HEAD ABOVE WATER is her sixth studio album and released after a long gap of about five years but the love and support that she got was still the same. The album was said to have got inspiration from her suffering of the Lyme disease which has made the album more of an emotional journey for her and everyone. One of the first and finest solo singles of this album is the song “Head Above Water” released in the year 2018. The song being a piece of art from the pop rock and Christian rock genre, it was written basically putting into focus the struggle and the battle that the artist had to fight during her illness. The lyrics say a lot about her actual suffering as she talked about feeling somewhat drowning in the pain that she had gone through. Her pain was beautifully put into words and tunes which brought immense love to the artist from the listeners. Other songs like “Tell me its over”, “Dumb blonde” etc. also drag the attention of the fans towards the album. Her collaboration with the famous rapper Nicki Minaj in the song “Dumb blonde” has set some examples as this has made her album even more popular. Her album became one of the top five albums in the music chart of her country Canada.
After Twenty One Pilots’ breakthrough album Blurry Face, fans were eagerly awaiting a new album. Blurry Face, which was named after a character the band created, incorporated in it elements of alternative, trip-hop, hip hop, reggae, and rap, along with electronic music into a cohesive and tight record. It was an instant success and topped the Billboard charts in the USA and multiple other countries worldwide. In 2018, it created history by being the only album to have every song on the album to receive a gold certification from the RIAA. This album led to the launch of twenty one pilots, which consists of the musical duo Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, into mainstream success. In 2017, the song “Stressed Out” even won a Grammy for best pop duo/group performance. The song “Heathens” onto the Suicide Squad soundtrack and became an instant hit – After their launch into mainstream success, there was a lull of almost three years, until the band finally came out with Trench in October, 2018. The album revolves around the conceptual world of “Trench”, and the city Dema, which is the creative brainchild of Tyler Joseph. This fictional city was created much before they began the song writing process. Joseph on reddit explains that the word. Dema means Tower of Silence, where people practising the faith of Zoroastrianism would lay their dead to be disposed of by vultures. Joseph points out how something as small as the lack of vultures to dispose of the dead was leading to the death of their religion. The city Dema is ruled by nine bishops of whom Nico is the head. The Banditos is the group which aims at liberating the people of Dema from the rule of the bishops. This group uses the colour yellow since it cannot be detected by the bishops. The colour yellow along with the vulture which alludes to the Tower of Silence, finds its way onto the album cover art – On this album retains the varied elements of their previous album into a much more mature and structured record. This smarter sound can be attributed to the contribution of Paul Meany, the lead singer of the indie band Mutemath, who co-produced and co-wrote the album. The song writing still explores the themes of anxiety, depression and insecurities, just as Blurry Face did. It is this conceptual creativity along with their ability to blend genres seamlessly, which has made Twenty One Pilots attain the massive fan base that it has. They have managed to achieve this chart-topping success without being conventionally pop, but at the same time producing a radio friendly sound. While this album has failed to achieve the commercial success their previous album did, it still manages to be at par with, if not above Blurry Face.
The English R&B and hip hop musician Ella Mai released her self-titled debut studio album in October 2018 through 10 Summers and Interscope Records. This is predominantly an R&B album where her unique vocals, candid lyrics, dark synths, percussions and other instrumentation have been clearly visible that portrays Ella Mai’s potential as a R&B star. It portrays a lot of emotions and relationships, from finding a partner to ignorance and cheating. The album has a total of sixteen tracks that includes the digital bonus track “Naked” as well, with an overall time length of approximately fifty six minutes. However, another track "Boo'd Up (Remix)" that features Nicki Minaj and Quavo was included as a Japanese Bonus track. The pre-released singles “Boo’d Up” and “Trip” were included in the album as well. The album also features guest appearances from singer/songwriters like Chris Brown, John Legend and H.E.R. The album mostly received good reviews from the music critics and listeners. Albumism rated the album 4.5 out of 5 stars, while NME and The Guardian both rated it 4 out of 5 stars. Regarding the album, NME said, “It’s an impossibly confident debut, filled with slick production and choruses that’ll be caught in your head for weeks at a time. Confident, relevant and full of gorgeous instrumentation, Ella Mai’s debut proves that she is more than worth the hype”. The Rolling Stone magazine and the British newspaper The Observer both rated it 3 out of 5 stars, and Rolling Stone described the music in the album as “an ubiquitous, record-setting sing-along, from a previously unknown artist, no less”. Also, Pitchfork gave a decent rating of 6.6 out of 10 saying that “The perfectly fine debut from the London R&B singer offers a grip of retro, snappy jams without sounding like a pastiche”. It received a good overall rating of 73 out of 100 on Metacritic. The album debuted at number eighteen on the UK Albums (OCC) chart. Furthermore, it reached the fifth position on US Billboard 200 and fourth position on US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) chart. Moreover, the album was featured on the music charts in several other countries as well. Overall, this debut album by the twenty four year old R&B artist is worth listening to.
Started writing songs at an early age, the singer and the songwriter Khalid Donnel Robinson, is one of the recently most acclaimed singers. Earlier posting his songs on the famous website of Soundcloud, this artist had started his musical career from almost there. Later, securing the position of number 2 in the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artist Chart, he made his debut. Born to a single mother who once wanted to become and R&B artist but couldn’t because of some family problems, now worked in the military and also sings with the military band. But the wish was fulfilled when her son Khalid became one of the famous R&B artists. His recent album Free Spirit released on April 2019, the second studio album, has also touched many hearts. The name of the title of the album was posted by him on social media. A very eye-catching short film was released along with the album on youtube that too got a lot of love from the audience. One of the most famous songs of this album was the single named “TALK” was one of the recent hits and has got a lot of views. It became one of the top 10 hits of Khalid’s singles and was the highest charting solo singles in US. An R&B tinged song that was released as a single and later its remix has also been created by the production house DISCLOSURE. The song is basically about the first stages of a relationship and the gradual changes of it. The other songs of the album include “Bad Luck”, “Free Spirit”, “Better”, “My Bad” and a few others which have been much famous soon after its release. People and fans have shown a lot of love to the album and also to the artist who has been much popular among the R&B listeners.
The American rock band Greta Van Fleet released their debut album Anthem of the Peaceful Army that was released in October 2018 through Republic Records. Previously, the band that was formed in 2012 had released two EPs. The music in this album is described by many as very close to that of Led Zeppelin’s. There are hard rock, blues rock and progressive rock elements with a mix of heavy guitars, high pitch vocals, blues and 70’s style folk influences. The digital version of the album has a total of eleven tracks with an overall time length of approximately forty nine minutes. However, the track “Lover, Leaver” was not included within the physical track listing. All the songs are written by the band members Joshua Michael Kiszka, Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka, and Daniel Robert Wagner.The album received mixed reviews from the music critics and listeners. Classic Rock magazine rated the album 3.5 out of 5 stars and strongly praised the album saying “one of the most exciting records released by a new band in recent years”. Entertainment Weekly described the music in the album- “Their sound is pure, uncut '70s: big, riffy blues-rock anthems built for screaming arenas and lace-front leather pants”. Mojo music magazine, Rolling Stone and NME all rated it 3 out of 5 stars. Pitchfork heavily criticised the album rating it just 1.6 out of 10 and calling it "half-baked boomer fetishism" and an "interminable 49-minute drag” that sparked some criticisms and controversies. Some critics said that the music in the album was “borrowed” from Led Zeppelin. The album received an overall average score of 53 out of 100 on Metacritic. Some listeners liked the album calling it “phenomenal”, “flawless” and “unique” whereas some of them largely criticised the album calling it “unoriginal”. Despite all those mixed reviews, the album received good commercial success. It was the top selling album in its debut week in the United States, and it debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 music chart. It was also featured at number one on the US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) chart, number two on Canadian Albums (Billboard) and at number ten on the Australian Albums ARIA music chart. The album was also featured on various music charts in other countries of Europe as well.
There are very few musicians in the world who actually give importance to colours. I think colours should be given an important part as it holds different meaning and feeling, as musician the artist also should bring those elements out so that people can relate it to their life. Zedd belong to those few musicians who believe in the importance of colour. His album “True colours” is being attached to different emotions and most of his songs in the album deal with those colours and that is exactly what he had mentioned in one his interview with Vevo, also he mentioned the fact that this album had a very different concept as it also talks about the true colour of a human being whether he spoke in a positive or negative sense that we have to see in analyses part of different songs. Overall speaking this is probably one of the best music album I had come across till now.
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